I’m sure that you have heard the saying that no good deed is ever to small. And that statement is so very true. It is common to think that one small thing you do for someone is not important and won’t matter, but that’s not true. In fact, it’s the smallest of actions, moments, memories, and times that truly add up in the end.
Recently, I have been noticing a lot of things going on around me. There are many people acting different when around a certain group of people or setting. People are treating others like dirt, and through that it’s easy for us to believe that the community of faith and good judgement is fading away. Even though it may seem to appear that way, we have to take a step back and look at the bigger picture. There is so much good going on in our world, and with all the news we see that points away from goodness, the thought of reaching a point where there is no conflict seems impossible. But it’s not so impossible. The good we are seeking is right in front of us. It is us. We are the ones who can stir up a change to make things better. We can only control ourselves, and in saying that gives us so much power. The power we have is enough to change the whole world. Yes, you. The one reading this who might be thinking, me? Why would I have been chosen for such a big task as this? I’m not even worth it. That is not true. In our creator’s eyes, each and every one of us is fearfully and wonderfully made. He created each of us to become the best version of ourselves, work towards building His kingdom, and on the way to help get others there too. And His plan for our lives is way greater and better than the one we could ever have planned on our own. Knowing this, we should just feel that urge to love our Lord even deeper. We should feel that longing to come to know Him more than we already do. He loves us more than we know, therefore, everything we do is for Him.
When I was little, meaning when I was 7, I am not that old, we would listen to the song “Do Everything” by Steven Curtis Chapman. In the song it says that everything you do during your day whether you’re picking up socks, in math class, or on a mission in Congo, should be done for the glory of God. He constantly sings that whatever we do all matters. That could not be anymore true. It is a perfect reminder that everything we do in our day we are doing as if God was right in front of us. That person who might bother us so much or that friend who needs your love is God. He is constantly showing up in our daily lives through friends, actions, and conversations. We should always keep that in mind during our day. Every moment is an opportunity to lead people closer to Christ, and one small action could be the impact.
I could sit here are write out all the instances in which one small action someone has done for me has completely changed the way I think, but I am going to share one in particular. This summer when I was at camp (you are probably thinking of course, Anna at camp, what no way), I encountered some amazing humans. There were a couple staff members in particular who I didn’t know very well, but after that summer that changed. Those people would go out of there way to show that they loved me throughout the day by saying they would pray for me and writing some rockstar notes I will always keep. But the thing they did for me that I appreciated the most was them just talking to me. That might not sound like much, but these are the kind of small acts I am talking about. I am sure you have those people in our life you go to for everything and if you don’t I know you will find them soon. Just talking to someone can change a lot, and knowing I that have these people in my life is such a blessing. These people are such lights to this world and spread the faith through everything that they do. They have deepened my faith and been great role models for me, and are the people that I aspire to be. Their acts of kindness, love, and support to me have changed my view of life so much. It is those people I have to thank for helping me to become the person I am today through Christ.
That example of the friends I have met at camp over the years is just one example of how one small act can change someone’s life or the world around them in how they express that love. It is a beautiful thing to experience and I hope that each and everyone of you reading this has and will continue to experience for the rest of your life.
If you don’t remember anything I have said before, I want you to remember that one small deed or act can spark change whether that be in one person or many. A smile to a friend, a note to someone who means so much to you, or helping someone through a hard time is all that it takes. So today and for the rest of our lives, let’s work to spread God’s goodness and love everyday.
Help us to be instruments of your love by the way we treat and love the others around us. Even through the small acts, help us to see you in our daily lives and follow your mission for our life. Guide us to do everything we do in your Holy Name and for the good of our neighbors. In your name we pray, Amen.
St. Kateri Tekakwitha, Pray for Us.